Teams have to work together to win games

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As part of our #NALPKnows series, we talked to Scott Jamieson, Landscape Industry Certified, NALP president and vice president of Bartlett Tree Experts in Chicago, Illinois, about working together as a team, and leaving it on the field during LANDSCAPES 2015.

When I hear the expression leaving it on the field, I immediately think of how teams have to work together to win games. To run a successful business is all about teamwork, as well. How associates perform as a team to provide a high level of service and provide it in a safe manner is critical to success. Again, just like a football team, employees have to look after one another.

I’ve been going to LANDSCAPES now for probably 15 years.  That’s where the industry gathers to learn about best practices, network with peers, and share ideas.  In some ways, LANDSCAPES is a training camp. In others, it’s also an all-star game where the best of the best come together to help improve their businesses and the industry overall.

Certainly, as a NALP president, I can’t say enough about the value our association brings to members and the industry as spelled out by the three strategic pillars: invaluable knowledge, relentless advocacy, the highest standard.

The same holds true about attending our annual LANDSCAPES conference.  The knowledge is there and so are the people who exemplify the highest professional standards within the industry. Even advocacy plays an important role at the conference where networking and talking with peers helps define the key issues that impact their businesses.

Leaving it on the field is about all of the above; it’s about teamwork, learning about and taking advantage of best practices, and giving back from lessons learned in a life’s work.

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Online registration for LANDSCAPES 2015 is open. LANDSCAPES, held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America trade shows which host nearly 750 indoor and outdoor exhibits, provides more than 40 educational sessions featuring the industry’s front-runners and most successful entrepreneurs, and other leading business experts.

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